after conducting a demonstration of his system over the Internet for BNP, BNP agreed that the HorizonMIS product did not infringe the BNP patent.
Jacksonville, FL (PRWEB) May 14, 2008
American Medical Systems, Inc. (AMS), developer of HorizonMIS medical billing and practice management system for physician offices, today announced dismissal of a Patent Infringement suit brought against it. Billingnetworkpatent.Inc (BNP), the assignee of U.S. Patent No. 6,374,229, had filed the suit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Case No. 8:07-cv-02297.
The patent covers billing systems that use the Internet to connect subscribers to Internet based billing services or Application Service Providers (ASPs). AMS maintained from the beginning that the technology it used was very different from that described in the BNP patent, and that a license agreement was not necessary. However, BNP filed a complaint against AMS and its resellers, alleging Infringement of their patent.
Bob Bortz, CEO of AMS, said that, "after conducting a demonstration of his system over the Internet for BNP, BNP agreed that the HorizonMIS product did not infringe the BNP patent." Bortz went on to describe that a user connects to the HorizonMIS system using a Telnet-type client. Dating back to the late 1970s, Telnet was used to connect dumb terminals (or PCs emulating dumb terminals) to computers over the ARPANET, the predecessor of the Internet. The Telnet protocol is used for connecting remote users to multi user operating systems like Unix and THEOS (http://www.theos-software.com). In contrast, the BNP patent describes a system where the subscriber connects to the host using a Web Browser, or a Citrix-Type thin client. Bortz explained that the method the HorizonMIS system uses is more efficient and secure than the others.
AMS has been in the business of providing Medical Billing and Practice Management software since 1981. The HorizonMIS system can be installed directly on an in-house system, or used via the subscription ASP model, hosted by AMS. Physicians using AMS Billing Services also have full use of HorizonMIS practice management functions such as Appointment Scheduling, real-time Insurance Eligibility and Verification, without having to purchase the system. HL7 interfaces are available for seamless integration with Electronic Medical Record and Laboratory systems.
With the legal action dismissed, AMS looks forward to continuing the development and distribution of the HorizonMIS system. Individual physician offices or resellers interested in using or selling an Internet Based medical billing system which does not infringe the BNP patent may contact Bob Bortz for more information at 904-737-5554 or visit http://www.horizonmis.com and http://www.ams-billing-service.com.